I’m just going to throw out there that at least 60% of selling our house so quickly was sheer luck and scarcity of options in the market. At the time we listed there were only two other houses on the market in our area, one of which was a short sale, and we were all priced within a few thousand dollars of each other. This made our timing absolutely spot on and perfect.
I have loved our house hard for the past 4.5 years, and moving is extremely bittersweet for me. However, because I’ve loved it so hard there was not a lot to be done to get list ready… in fact, we got list ready in 48 hours. So if you’re doing the math there, we prepped to list, listed, and sold all inside of 5 days.
Here’s the top five things I did to sell our house at lightning speed:
- I cleared as many surfaces as possible. I wanted everything neat, clean, and uncluttered. Which means I have an entire box of metallic skulls in my bedroom closet and a laundry bag of weird family heirlooms and breakables shoved in the back of a closet. Kitchen table, side tables, end tables, and nightstands were all made knick knack free.
- I depersonalized. This was not a hard task for me because I really don’t like to have pictures of us around anyway, but it matters. Also, I’m a big believer that art goes on walls and pictures go on shelves, so depersonalizing also worked double in clearing surfaces for us.
- I de-pet-ified our house. There is no real hiding that we have 3 cats and 2 dogs, but we washed and swept the floors like mad, we burned candles on each floor so the kitchen smelled like blueberries and the bathrooms smelled like fresh linen and the bedrooms smelled like cucumber melon.
- I left some personality out and about. There is a difference between depersonalizing and leaving your house stark empty. When you walk in our home, no matter how clean and tidy it is, it is clear that humans live there and love it. I think it’s important to make sure your home gives off a vibe that people are happy there, that they care enough to clean scuff marks off the wall and that invest money in upgrades that don’t really matter because it’s what they freaking feel like.
- I listened to my real estate agent! Before we listed she walked through the house and made suggestions and I corrected everything single thing I possibly could in the 48 hour window we had. This means I finished the half bath, painted the basement stairs, scraped and painted a ceiling, organized the closets, and replaced light fixtures.
It was an exhausting week- but totally worth it! We move to our dream home May 31st